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I would have given ANYTHING to have had your book in my kitchen when I was raising 2 kids on crappy pay and spurious child support. — Leslie H.

Read the entire thing cover-to-cover in one sitting, very inspiring. I already do many of the things in the book habitually (make my own granola, bread, and yogurt, cook every day, pack lunches...) but she's got a few tidbits even for crazy people like me. Great book, really loved it. I'm glad someone finally wrote this book! — Megan S.

I love this kind of cooking. Easy to follow menus and delicious. My family has loved everything I've made, especially the desserts! Highly recommend!! — Margie F.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, says "This is the book I've been waiting for!"

John Mackey and Linda Watson with their books

Why? Because people are always telling him that the prices are unaffordable at Whole Foods Market. He was amazed that Wildly Affordable Organic has four seasonal menu plans with meals that average just $5 a day per person using organic ingredients largely purchased at the Whole Foods in Raleigh. This is below the food-stamp allowance here in North Carolina for a family of four with no other means. The thrifty plan, using conventionally raised ingredients, costs just $3.21 a day.

I'm holding John's new book Conscious Capitalism. I'm thrilled to see that our new Wildly Good Cook teachers program will help people create heroic businesses: ones with the "courage to do what is right to change and improve the world."

More readers' comments

Wildly entertaining! Besides all the great recipes, there is so much practical information included. The author is passionate about her subject, and has a great sense of humor. — Debbie W.

I am reading "Forks over Knives" is very interesting reading to supplement what I have learned on your site.  I really prefer your recipes as they are not requiring as many ingredients as some of the recipes in that book.  Sometimes I get to feeling they do the whole enchilada if you know what I mean.  Eating all those veggies are so good for you but to put as many as they do in one dish is very expensive!  And some of their ingredients are hard to find even in Whole Foods! — Fran N.

Reading about how the project evolved was fun -- it was not easy at first but she figured it all out and passes it on to us. She lists what brands to buy, and how to organize your cooking to minimize time in the kitchen. The book is hugely practical, and rest assured, you really can do it for $5/per day/per person. The author regularly shops the local stores to see what the current pricing is. You can do it for less if you go non organic. — Electronic Cat via Amazon

I've been following Watson's plans for 2 months now, and she's really changed my family's diet. My husband said "I'll save money and lose weight--what's not to like?"

On a limited budget, I never thought I could eat fresh, local food from the Farmer's Market. Now I go to the farmer's market once a week. I've read a lot of cookbooks, and what makes this stand out is the level of planning and organization. Not only will you eat well, but you WILL gain a lot of skills and save time and money. You will even do significantly fewer dishes--what cookbook has ever offered that? — Melanie S.

Bravo! I just checked Wildly Affordable Organic out of the library and will be purchasing it shortly. You have done what I knew could be done, what I wanted to do myself. Should I win the lotto I will buy hundreds of copies and distribute them to all the food banks in my area. I'll be joining the website later today. — Leslie C.

Your pizza dough recipe is AWESOME....and thanks for the tip about cooking pasta!  That made my day! As I live alone and as you said as a joke about the garden hose to make pasta [boiled in lots of water] is why I hardly made pasta. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me find a way to sustain being unemployed and eat well.  I am currently living off social security retirement benefits as I was downsized out of my last job and have not been able to find work.  The book you have and menu plans are a God send. — Fran N.

There are so many sensible ideas here regarding cooking and preparation. The cooking plans are marvelous. Costs are really analyzed both pertaining to `green-ecological' and then thrifty. The shopping lists are done well...this is all you will need to become a sensible, responsible cook. It's a grand reference, addition to a cookbook collection and a wonderful gift to give. — Wogan the Book Reader via Amazon

[Makes] a fabulous contribution by helping folks understand, in dollars and cents terms, that they can afford to make a difference in their health and the health of our planet. — Aimee S.

I highly recommend this book for a young person setting up shop for the first time, a spendthrift who wants to learn how to survive on a drastically slashed budget, and anyone who, like me, enjoys reading cookbooks that have more than recipes in them. This is more of a lifestyle -- and even if you are not going to jump in 100%, you'll learn some good ideas and recipes. Watson provides the details anyone needs to copy her success. With this book in hand, I plan to try once more to pare that food budget - and this time, maybe I can try the organic produce, too! — Andrea

I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your books and recipes.  First of all, I love your writing style. 

  • You explain things very clearly and have a wonderful sense of humor. 
  • Secondly, you have worked out all the small details, so that things turn out well the first time. 

For a tired working mother who doesn't have a lot of time to experiment, that makes a big difference. I do a big cooking session on the weekend, put some things in the refrigerator and some in the freezer, and we eat from that all week. My husband is a type-2 diabetic, so I substitute stevia for the sugar and have had very good results. I just wanted you to know how much you have inspired me.  — Laurie D.

I just love your book and website. My husband has metabolic myopathy (muscle weakness). The doctors know so little that we are having to figure out on our own what foods have the nutrients that my husband's body needs. Of course, we have realized that an organic, mostly vegetarian diet with NO processed food helps my husband the most. The only problem has been cost. He has to have high volume of nutrients. We have a nice juicer, but the cost to juice has been unaffordable.

We are hopeful that if we all eat on your menu, then we will have enough extra resources to be able to purchase the extra fruit and vegetable to juice for my husband. I love to cook, so following your book has been a pleasure. I have wonderful memories of growing up in the south and eating mostly vegetables in the summer. Thanks for everything and I will be spreading the word to everyone I know. — Kelly J.